Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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RE[4]: Graphical Clutter
by ze_jerkface on Tue 16th Apr 2013 06:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Graphical Clutter"
ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

"Yes most people can _learn_ to use Windows 8, but essentially no one can figure it out without instruction.


You can replace "use" with another verb and "Windows 8" with another noun, and it's still true. ;)
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Is it?

Yes most people can learn to resurrect Abraham Lincoln, but essentially no one can figure it out without instruction

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RE[5]: Graphical Clutter
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 16th Apr 2013 12:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Graphical Clutter"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I agree with that. I don't think just any actor could play Ab Lincoln, and we don't have the instructions necessary to resurrect the dead. ;)

I saw great potential for silliness in that statement. ;)

Yes, most people can conciliate ducks, but essentially no one can figure it out without instruction.

It also takes for granted the knowledge we've acquired over out lifespans. Of course people living in 2013 know what an icon is or how to send an email, these are just things that we've come to accept as normal, general knowledge.

The key is "come to accept as normal". We've forgotten that at some point someone explained what an icon is and what is necessary to send an email. Everything we know is from instructions passed down from someone else beginning with the person who originated the concept or idea.

The only things we can do without instruction are excrete waste, breath, and feed, maybe. Everything else, we've learned.

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RE[6]: Graphical Clutter
by ze_jerkface on Wed 17th Apr 2013 00:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Graphical Clutter"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Everything we know is from instructions passed down from someone else beginning with the person who originated the concept or idea.


That is true but it doesn't negate the fact that some interfaces are just plain awful.

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